In a world where it's easier to communicate than ever, people are having more trouble connecting with each other on a personal level. John Cooper, lead vocalist of Skillet, blames this on the "Kingdom of Self," saying we've become so wrapped up in our own individual agendas we've forgotten how to make meaningful relationships, a concept he explores on this track.
"It seems to me people are connecting less then when I was younger except there are more forms of communication now, in that it's all impersonal. All this massive technology that we have accomplished but we are really reaching out to one another less and less. And I think the American Dream is a little bit to blame for that, that it's all about me and that it's all about my money and the kingdom of . . . me," he told Utah State University's Hard News Cafe. "I think that's the message. Yes, the world is getting darker but there is hope and why don't you be a part of the solution to someone else and you just might find that when you begin to reach out to someone else that you don't feel so lonely."
Cooper also says the song aims to help people, particularly the younger generation of listeners, find a ray of hope in a dark world. "There is just so much darkness in the world and so much evil and depression. That song really kinda lists everything from wars to senseless violence, to racism, to drug abuse, to internet pornography, in the whole thing. There's so much going on, you can kinda look around and it's easy to ask yourself the question, 'Is this ever going to OK? Is there anything in life worth living for?' I hope the people find, in our music, maybe a little bit of peace to those questions. And 'Looking for Angels,' has a little bit of a twist which is not just yes there is hope but also like, 'What are you going to do to make this world a better place, to help someone who is needy.'"